ENGINEERS MONTHLY , f
George Washington Iliwefsi
A A * The Georg
Wasiiiiifton, 0. £.
VOL. VI NO. I
NOVEMBER , 1946
DEAN FEIKER URGES
F. A. HOWARD
Mr. Frank A. Howard was initiated a:
an honorary member of Gamma Beta, the
George Washington Chapter of Theta Tai
professional engineering fraternity,
on October 19th. J
Mr* Howard was born in Danville
1X1., on Jan. 5, 1890. He was graduate
from George Washington University in
1911 with a Bachelor of Science in
Mechanical Engineering. From 1911 un-
til 19U he attended the School of £
at George Washington University, gradu
ating with an L.L.B. degree. While at
tending law school he was employed bv
l h ?v. U ;u S ‘^! Vernment as an examiner
with the Patent Office. After obtain-
lng his law degree, Ur. Howard was em-
ployed by a local law firm. Since
associ *ted with t^ stan-
dard Oil Company of New Jersey, Mr.
Howard h 88 been called upon to perform
many varied duties, acting as an engi-
neer and a legal advisor, both in the
States and abroad.
Mr. Howard told the following story
\°hi S cT„f + e v. dl r erenCe ^tween the
ethics of the European and the Ameri-
c an engineering professions! While
r ^ n t * contract »ith a German oil
C tTttd y th!t C ““ e Up ° n one Phrase which
atated that "none of the secrets of
oil processing should be rewealed to
any other organization." Another
t*d*that' > »in*th 0n in the contract sta-
in the event any 0 f the sec-
rets were made available to another
therc would be a * 200,000
< Mr * Howard stated that
he promptly informed the officers of
the corporation that they could have
one ° f .."“ ?T a8e8 but both.
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6 Society meetings
15 Sigma Tau - long
20 Theta Tau - long
27 Engineer's Council
Sigma Tau - long
Theta Tau - long
Dean Frederiok M. Feiker, speaking
at the engineer's mixer, stated,
"Engineering students have two pur-
poses while at sohool: learning
people and learning a profession."
The engineering sooieties, in keep-
ing with this dual purpose provide
•fun at your work' programs to meet
individual tastes in the Meohanioal,
Civil, or Eleotrioal engineering
fields. Meetings give each student
a ohanoe to personally meet the
leaders in his ohosen profession.
At the same time they enable him to
better understand the actualities
of his profession.
"Every young engineer who looks
forward to a oareer of anoompllsh-
ment should Join his fellows to gain
their aid and fellowship and ideals
and to share in the kind of coopera-
tion among engineers whioh underlies
progresa for the individual and for
the industry," the Dean added.
Membership is still open in these
sooieties, and notioes of ourrent
meetings will be posted on the
Sigma Tau Coaching
Continuing a practice begun several
years ago, the members of Sigma Tau,
Honorary Engineering Fraternity, will
be glad to give individual tutoring to
those who desire it.
Please drop a note, addressed to
Sigma Tau, in the Engineering Office,
giving your name, address, phone, and
subject interested in. The member
assigned will contact you and hours
will be arranged.
The KECHELECIV is published
monthly by the undergraduates of
the School of Engineering on the
George Washington University,
Mail may be addressed, c/o Office
of the Dean, School of Engineering.
Editor-in-chief .. .Marjorie Rhodes
Hews Editor. . . .Bemadine Dunfee
Circ. Manager. . John Slothover
Business Manager.. Jim Le Croy
With the expansion of the Sehool
of Engineering the MECHELECIV has
similarly enlarged. The oiroulation
has increased from 1300 to 1760. The
paper has grown from four to six
pages. The UECHELECIV: Staff, sparked
by new ideas and enthusiasm, will
make eaoh issue worthwhile looking
for. Support your papers suggestions
and contributions are weloome . You
will find a convenient box adjaoent
to Dean Feiker's offioe.
By George Clark
Hello, Mother dear,
I'm writing from school
(I should be working
With my Li'l slide rulei)
Slaving in the daytime.
And studying nights.
Doesn't cost a centime
With the G.I. Bill of Rights
Uncle Sammy pays my board;
Playing poker pays the rent.
My pay check buys me aspirin —
I'm not broke,, but badly bentl
When I'm not busy with ay work
Or slide rule calculation,
I worry 'bout the cost of things
And sweat out our inflation.
I try to sleep at night— in vain —
Thinking of the future near.
And wonder if it's worth the strain
To be a doggone engineer! I
P.$. Mom, could you send me ten —
Till you know when?
With the tremendous influx of new
students in the Engineering School,
the picture of a student earnestly
strugllng to gain an engineering edu-
cation becomes an Infinitely complex
one. The student's future prospects,
as Dr. Marvin so effettively put over
at the recent Engineer's Mixer, are
somewhat hazy, Too much emphasis can-
not be placed on the basic engineering
curricula: mathematics, sciences, and
humanities. The required progress in
the first two can be achieved through
individual application and study, but
it is here at G.W. that the humanity
aspect must he enlarged. A friendly
attitude among the student* is natu-
rally on of the most sought for in a
situation such as the present one.
"But how can these objectives be
gained under the present set-up?",
one is bound to ask. The answer to
•this problem is not simple. There is
much that we can do as individuals to
help solve the problem. Let us put
ourselves mentally, physically, and
spiritually, to the grind and give
our "darnedest". Take part in so-
cial and extra-curricular activities.
They are as much a part of your edu-
cation as physics and mathematics.
You will find your answer by joining
one of the engineering societies and
by engaging in acbool activities.
We must now imagine ourselves in
a post ion that we must hold at all
costs, as though it were involving our
fortunes , our honor, and our future
happiness, for in reality it does!
Yes, the final graph of the: Engine-
ering School, on which each of us
helps to plot points as individuals,
must and will lead to the curve of
A I E E
On October 26, 1946, George Kalv and
Alfred Barauk visited the District
Conference of the A.I.E.E. at Penn.
State. The moat absorbing item of the
program was a general tour of the
school's laboratories. "More Active
Student Participation" and "What In-
dustry Expects of the Electrical En-
gineering Graduate" were the main
themes of the conference. It was fur-
ther stressed that more non-technical
sessions, such as dances and dinners,
should be included in the year's pro-
gram. Among the speakers were Dr. J.
F. Calvert, National Chairman of the
Student Activities, and Mr. C. A.
Powel, past president of the A.I.E.E.
Size has its problems. In common
with all colleges of engineering,
enrollment is greatly increased in
our college to more than twice the
peak of pre-war years. Many of the
physical annoyances of crowded classes
and over-worked laboratory facilities
will be corrected by next semester.
New instructors and new facilities can
be found. These depend on the Univer-
sity administration and are its re-
There is a problem of size, however,
in which our very much enlarged stu-
dent body can help, the problem of
getting acquainted. The School of
Engineering of the George Washington
University has maintained a fine
school spirit. Students, alumni and
faculty have worked together in get-
ting an education. With classes of
50 to 35 instead of 10 to 15 and with
certain classes running even larger,
250 to 300, unless we work at it, we
shall lose this comradeship in educa-
tion which has been an outstanding
quality of our campus life.
The engineering fraternities, the
student engineering society chapters,
the Engineers' Council's activities,
the "Lounge", and the "tfecheleciv"
are all instruments of acquaintance-
To all new comers we give a welcome
and hope that each will find in this
institution the gift of friendship
which is the basis of a happy life.
"A Radio Engineer ie a Demon w
Passes as an exacting exc^t ^ Z
b-sls of being able Cot£T 0 ™ t
prolific fortitude infinite
t /lT ehe ™ ible formulae
ted with micromatic precision
“® 8U ®P tlon ® which are based
debatable lijrurea tjiiran 4 * ®
eive experiments carried o*
etruments of problematical
persons of doubtful reliabii?*^
questionable mentality f or th« “
purpose of annoying and “ V ‘
fanatics referred to eo<
frequently as practical
Thin column hopes to achieve a
worthwhile end in featuring education-
al and informational highlights in the
realm of science and engineering. It
is altogether fitting in this opening
issue, to review the story of one of
the moot important and least publicised
national groups, that performed so
weritously during the war, the Nat-
ional Inventors' Council.
The NIC was set up by the Secretary
of Commerce during the war years,
under the Chairmanship of Charles F.
Kettring, to screen the numerous pub-
lic ideas submitted, in search of
valuable inventions to aid the armed
forces during the war. Similar in
organization to the Naval Consultory
Board of the first World War, the NIC
received about 280,000 ideas and ac-
cepted 80 of these. The Naval Con-
sultory Board adopted only two ideas.
One of these two ideas was a sonic
method of detecting submarines under
That a night student with a full day-
time Job can be active in extra-curri-
cular activities is graphically proved
and Theta Tau
year old father
is also member
of the A.S.C.E.
He maintains a \ \ "
5.4 average. | H
Harried for K V H mtL IktL
ten years, he dally commutes by street-
car and bua from his home in Bethesda,
Md. to his Job at the Public Roads Ad-
ministration and to classes.
Stop, EE! I Drop that slide rule!
It is of vital importanoe to the
eleotrioal engineering student that
he avail himself of all the oppor-
tunltiee to develop into an engineer
graduate worthy to assume the res-
ponsibilities of the soientiflo field.
It was for this purpose that the
AIEE student branoh was organised at
GW. Join the looal EE sooiety, tigs in
student membership in the national
organization, reserve the first Wed-
nesday night of every month for at-
tendance and aotive participation.
And for you*interested in IRE, there
is a faint glimmer of hope, for plans
are being made for your membership in
the national IRE and attendance at
Joint meetings with the AIEE o hap ter.
With the large EE enrollment and
the interest in membership sianifested
at the short me sting in October, the
prospects are brighter than at any
time in the past.
COMING ATTRACTIONS! Tou will hear
Prominent on this Board of doll a r-a-
year men, was Dean Frederick M. Felker,
who beaded the division reviewing
ideas for improvements in construction.
Of the thousands of ideas’ received in
this division, the most important was
that of using landing mats for temp-
orary roadways. Other important ideas
were plans for tent construction, and
a combination crane-trailer truck to
lay spans for a 40 foot bridge. The
latter was put into operation at
Fort Belvoir, Va.
Heading the division for medical
ideas was Watson Davis, alumnus.
The work of the NIC was little known
during the war years because of a
heavy military censorship, it is not
surprising to hear that only 80 of
the ideas were finally accepted, when
we consider that the vast majority of
ideas were either impracticable, un-
economical, or fantastic as the yarns
brewed up by second-rate science-fic-
tion magazine writers. Such was the
idea for a hidden airplane landing
field buoyed high up in the sky by im-
mense floating balloons. let one of
the most valuable ideas was extremely
simple in design; merely a square mir-
ror with a small hole through the cen-
ter used for signaling. The hole was
to aid the user in following the line
of motion of a distant object and at
the aame time, signal to it. This
mirror, with instructions written on
the back, eventually became part of
the equipment of every man in the Sig-
nal Corpe .
Wext issue, the writer hopes to re-
view a book that has created a minor
stir in the scientific world, it is
in connection with the 0SRD. Can you
guess the name of it?
To graduate in June after a three
year course with a B.S.E. degree in
Statistical Engineering, Felix will use
his newly learned material in c on June t-
tion with his Dresent work of long
range planning and programing of pub-
Born in Ithaca, N.T., where his
father was Professor of Psychology at
Cornell University, he moved with his
family to Virginia in 1920.
Starting his collegiate work at V.P.
I., he graduated from Lynchburg College
in 1955 with an A.B. in mathematics
sheepskin in his pocket. Working for
his masters degree at the University
of Virginia, he was forced by financial
difficulties to quit one thesis short
of the degree. While there as a gradu-
ate student, he served as student in-
structor in mathematics.
A half year as teacher at a Lynch-
burg public school convinced him that
he could do better in another field,
so, for two years, he worked as sur-
veyor and general engineer. He then
turned to his present work, traffic
engineering, at the Virginia Highway
In 1940, as construction engineer for
the Navy, he supervised the construction
of the Photo Science Laboratory at the
Anacostia Naval Air Station, and was
inspector of the Naval Hospital Tower
at Bethesda, Ud.
After V-J Day, he was transferred to
his present post at the Public Roads
With whatever time that remains after
studying for his twelve hour schedule,
Felix has used his woodworking hobby to
make household furniture. One of his
projects is furnishing the nursery of
his eight month old son, Fred.
tome of the foremoet men of the eleo-
trioal field apeak on ourrent eubjeota
in your language, enjoy Noolal inter-
course with your fellow engineer e and
engineering profeeeora, attend the
planned parti ee and field tripe.
For the November meeting. Dr. H. B.
Brooks, recently retired from the
Bureau of Standards, designer of the
Brooks depletion potentiometer, will
speak from experience on, "The Early
History of the Distribution of Eleot-
For any information on your EE
sooiety, oontaot one of the following
Clifton Williamson - Chairman
Miss Bemadine l. Dunfeo - Vice-Chun.
Miss Marjorie Rhodes - Seo'y-Treas.
This is your soolaty!
2134 PENNA. AVE.. M.W.
Bolts, Volts and Jolts
We're supposed to have an original
column of humor this year— none of Joe
Miller's warmed-over left-overs. What
shall we use for Jokes, then?
Well, take my brother-in-law— he' s a
Jokel 1 can't describe him very well.
1 don't even know how tall he is — I've
never seen him standing up. I can't
say he's really lazy, though, 'cause
he has at least one ambition. He wants
to fill the Grand Canyon with empty
beer cans. I think his second ambition
is to make me pay for the beer l
I heard about a guy .who was even
lazier than him, though. This guy was
asleep up in a big oak tree. The local
yokels called him the laziest feller
in town. Seems he had fallen asleep
on an acorn 55 years ago It
I finally found a place to stay.
It's just a room with an adjoining
towel. I got into bed and when I
closed the door, the doorknob got
into bed with me
F. A. Howard
Con't from page 1
Vice-President, Standard Oil Co.
President and director. Standard
Oil Development Co.
President and director. Standard
Oil Catalytic Co.
President and director of the Hydro
President and director. Hydraulic
Engineering and Chemical Co.
He is a member of the American Patent
Law Association, American Petroleum
Institute and Sigma Nu social frater-
Mr. Howard has been active in recent
years promoting endowments for the Can-
cer Institute of America. He is now
actively engaged in raising funds for
the George Washington School of Engi-
neering. Mr. Howard has donated $5,000
for the purpose of founding a lecture-
ship to Interest student engineers in
the field of research at $500 per lec-
ture. The first lecture of the series
was conducted last fall when Dr. E. V.
Condon of the Bureau of Standards gave
a very interesting talk on the effects
of atomic energy in the field of re-
search and its effect upon our every-
The School of Engineering and the
University feel proud of the accomplish-
ments of one of its alumni.
Customer,- "I want a man's comb."
Salesman,- "Do you want a narrow man's
Permit us to brag. We have the lar-
gest and the most promising M. E. soci-
ety the university has ever known. Our
membership is approaching the one hun-
dred mark and seems likely to keep in-
creasing. Here is an invitation to MXs
ME's; Join the ASME for an active and
What will you get from the three dol-
lars you pay for the first year's dues?
Twelve issues of the Mechanical Engle
neering magazine, the A.S.M.E. pin,
monthly inspection trips, which include
the Christian Heurich Brewing Company
(bring your own bottle, please), the
Naval Gun Factory, the David W. Taylor
Model Basin, the technical laboratories
of the F.B.I., and the maintenance
shops of the Capital Transit Company.
Each meeting will feature either sound
film, technical or entertaining guest
speakers. Each meeting will be topped
by refreshments. Last but not least,
the A.S.M.E. is planning a party tenta-
tlyely scheduled for Saturday night,
Dec. 7th. A second annual party fol-
lowing the Engineers Banquet is also
As engineering students we should be-
gin the right way by talking, thinking,
and acting like engineers. The first
act is to belong, know your fellow
ME1>A and join us once a month for a
few hours of good fellowship mixed with
The officers for the current year are,
Vice President-Frank Weatherby
Council Members-Robert Kemelhor
The first meeting of the year is
Wednesday night, November 6. Look for
our bulletins indicating the place.
We cordially invite all of you to
GOOD THINGS TO EAT
2133 G. St., N.W.
Next to Sorority Hall
Meet Your Professor
"Go east, young man — -go east", must
be the motto of Professor B. A. Greers
Although he was born in Kansas, he
grew up in Oklahoma.
Professor Greenshields entered Okla-
homa University in 1916. He later
left college to serve in the Air Forces
for a year, later returning to graduate
in 1920 with Bachelor of Science and
Civil Engineer degrees.
At the age of 20 he accepted the
ftfincipalship of a high school. De-
ciding to use his engineering training,
he later accepted the position of road-
man for the Santa Fe Railroad. Profes-
sor Greenshields worked at this Job
until he was offered a position of
teaching at Marquette. The next year,
he changed positions to that of teach-
ing civil engineering at Virginia Poly-
In 1926 he became head professor of
the engineering department at Denison
University. It was at this university
that Professor Greenshields did much
work on low cost housing under the John
C. Porce Low Cost Housing Research
Fund. Then came the start of the home
planning courses. He worked at this
until 1929 when he began hie work in
the field in which he is most well-
known — that of Traffic Engineer. Pro-
fessor Greenshields realized at this
time that highways in the past were
always built from the mechanical view-
point without considering the actual
needs of the driver, such as reflexes
and visibility. It was at this time
that he decided that he should "have
a few more degrees". He then obtained
hie Master of Science and Doctor of
Philosophy degrees in Civil Engineering
Highway Transportation at the Univer-
sity of Michigan. In 1957, Professor
Greenshields accepted the position of
Assistant Professor at City College of
New York. He remained there until
1940 when he accepted a position with
In 1944, he was presented an oppor-
tunlty to conduct research of traffic
at the Yale Bureau of Highway Traffic.
During his research, he introduced
numerous new methods in the field of
traffic engineering such as traffic
flow survey from the air. The fall
and summer of 1945 were then spent at
New York University.
Professor Greenshields accepted the
position of Assistant Professor of
at Ge0r « e Washington
University this semester. At the nre-
sent, his family i 8 living in Texas^
Professor Greenshields deserted*
George Washington University as beina
a cosmopolitan college, a sort of
pymedium between a city and an out^f
town college. As for societies .Li
neera take note— he is a member’
SiS '“ T “ U * IOta and
Customer,- "No, I want a comb for a
stout man with rubber teeth."
bridge, at which'he'irV«p££
Important Not, Ire*
Xi Chapter welcomes back all Sigma
Taus who have returned from the ser-
Will those who have not been noti-
fied of the meetings please leave a
note in Dean Feiker's office addressed
to Sigma Tau, giving their names and
A major topic of discussion at the
last meeting was the serious inade-
quacy of library facilities at school
for the engineers. All who, in pre-
vious years, have tried to obtain re-
ference books or technical magazines
in Lisner Library know of what we
speak. The greatly increased enroll-
ment has made the situation impossible.
Sigma Tau has under discussion a pro-
ject for expanding library facilities
for the Engineering School. This pro-
ject centers about an "Engineers' Re-
ference Room", to be set aside in Lis-
ner Hall, whose shelves will be
stacked with handbooks, textbooks, and
recently published works of recognized
authorities, in addition to all peri-
odicals and magazines pertaining to
G. W. Food
ACROSS FROM 0OV.
2,,0 T G St., N.W.
Gamma Beta Chapter, Theta Tau Fra-
ternity, is indeed fortunate in having
so many of its old members returned
from the services to take up again
their duties as actives. Gamma Beta
welcomes you back with the request
that you cooperate to the best of your
ability to make our fraternity one of
the most active on the campus.
Hal Thomasson, one of our present
actives just returned from the service,
had a pleasant surprise the weekend of
the 19th. It seems that Hal's present
interest flew down from Boston, arriv-
ing in Washington about two A.M. Hal
starts his duties as radio engineer
for WOL at five in the morning and as
a result. of his early morning awaken-
ing, he didn't get his usual shut-eye.
Bob Weston, one of the Alumni, has
been seen escorting a most luscious
Continued on page 6
The question asked this week
was "What do you think of your
lounge?" It was asked last
Tuesday during the noon hour in
the lounge. Here are some of
the novel replies.
0. E. Boggs, Junior EE —
The lounge is too small. There
is not enough room to study.
D. R. Davidson, Freshman EE-
I can't see any use of a map
of France on the wall. It should
be replaced by some good pin-up
J. W. White, Freshman EE —
The lounge needs many things
such as ashtrays, chairs, lamps,
better ventilation and last, the
skylight should be cleaned.
A. C. Brown, Junior HE —
This lounge was good enough
for our fourfathers, but then
four people don't take up as
much room as five hundred fresh-
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Continued fr o«i auge 5
Mickey Schulte is back in school
again, having just returned from the
service with his chest out and his
head high, bragging about his first
Nick Toffalo is back in school, not
satisfied with an E.E. degree, has de-
cided to be a physicist. Good luck,
Nick, more power to you.
George Kalv, having just returned
from the service, is going full blast
toward a degree and is instructing on
the side. George has pitched in and
done a swell job for the active chap-
ter to date. So has Dick Fenton.
Dick has been acting as Scribe as the
elected Scribe has more duties than
would permit him to do the job he wan-
ted. Keep at it, Dick.
It is a public fact that Frank Mit-
chell of the alumni is to be married
to Miss Laura Elizabeth Wells at the
Metropolitan Memorial Church at 4s50,
Nov. 2. The active chapter wishes the
newly-weds the best of everything.
Enough chatter. Let's get down to
the future. The Chapter has plans for
not less than two pledge parties this
Fall, one of which will possibly be at
Twin Oaks. It looks like another ac-
tive year for Gamma Beta.
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Again this year, as in other
years, the student chapter of
tie American oociety of Civil
Engineers finds itself with the
smallest membership of all the
societies. Hot out to break any
precedent, our group believes
thut the present size of mem-
bership is conducive to the ease
and flexibility of operation
desired in the promotion of
gro>. ter unuers tending of engi-
neering principles and the con-
vivial rein tionsnips which exist
in a:iy progressive undergraduate
We feel fortunate in retaining
Assistant Dean Carl ti. Wnlther
as our advisor. His guidance
again attaches significant au-
thorship to the society functions.
As o start toward the seasons
activities, student members were
invited to hear Mr. John H.
Atansoff, of the Naval Research
Division, wno spoke at tne Cos-
mos Ciuo October on ''dome
Technical Aspects of Bikini''.
The chapter's projected pro-
gram includes prominent speakers
sound movies, inspection trips,
arm an geeping with our attested
informal i t., , s few stag func-
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first regular meeting on hovemoex'
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